Bird songs and visual arts


This August 2014 video says about itself:

Nightingale and Canary

Australian artist Andy Thomas specializes in creating ‘audio life forms’: beautiful abstract shapes that react to sounds. In this animated short, he visualizes two recorded bird sounds from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision [beeldengeluid.nl] in Hilversum.

This video, from Victoria, Australia, also by Andy Thomas, is called Whip Bird Sound Sculpture test 1.

‘Flight MH17 disaster should bring peace, not war’


This video from the Netherlands is called Netherlands: MH17 bodies arrive in Hilversum for identification process.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today, about people mourning the flight MH17 disaster in Suriname:

“This kind of event is sky-high above political differences,” says Winston Wirht. He is one of the advisors of the Surinamese president and has just written in the condolence register about his desire that this disaster should bring the world a step closer to peace. “Only then the innocent passengers will not have given their lives for nothing. World peace, it would be so fine. Indeed, we all breathe the same air.”

Unfortunately, not all politicians agree with Mr Wirth. Some are beating the war drums. Dutch ex-NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer abuses the grief about the horrible death of the aircraft passengers, calling for spending more taxpayers’ money on ‘defence’.

The MH17 tragedy shows need for peace, not war mongering: here.

Yesterday, for the third day in the row, Dutch and Australian investigators into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were prevented from reaching the crash site in eastern Ukraine by a military offensive being waged by the far right regime in Kiev against pro-Russian separatists: here.

Are you ready for war—including possibly nuclear war—between the United States, Europe, and Russia? That is the question that everyone should be asking him- or herself in light of the developments since the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: here.

Dutch Parliament indignant about Kiev’s armed forces fighting near MH17 disaster area: here.

While en route from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers, Algeria a twin-engine passenger plane operated by Air Algérie crashed in northern Mali early Thursday morning with 116 people onboard. It is still unclear, at the time of this writing, what caused the Boeing MD-83 to fall from the sky: here.

“French President François Hollande said there were no survivors found at the site of the Air Algérie crash in Northern Mali, adding that French troops dispatched to the scene had recovered one of the jetliner’s black boxes.” French officials believe weather may be behind the crash that killed 116 people. Weather is also thought to be to blame for the Taiwanese plane crash that killed 48 on Wednesday.

Loïs Lane, live radio concert video


This is a music video of Lois Lane, singing their song My best friend, written in 1989, live on the national radio show in Hilversum on 2 November 2013.

The video was made with a cell phone, so please don’t expect professional quality 🙂

After the Hilversum radio show concerts by Berget Lewis and Rick de Leeuw, Loïs Lane came. While the two earlier acts had been on stage for half an hour both, Loïs Lane played (and was interviewed by the presenter) for one hour. Like Berget and Rick, Loïs Lane had a new album out; but theirs was also a special occasion, as it was a sort of resurrection after a long time of (near) death.

Monique Klemann, an Amsterdam singer of Indonesian-Dutch ancestry, originally founded Loïs Lane in 1984. When another singer left, she asked her elder sister Suzanne to join; as there would be an important show in the Melkweg soon. Suzanne had never sung on a stage; so, she hesitated. However, as soon as she was on the Melkweg stage, she found out that the really liked it.

Their music caught the attention of famous United States musician Prince. They became support act on tour, and recorded songs with him.

However, pregnancy and other causes put the band on the back burner. Suzanne for some time became the presenter of the radio show she played in on 2 November; but decided she liked singing better.

In the band’s new line-up, Monique’s daughter Merel sings as well. Not on 2 November, however, as Merel’s hockey team needed her then.

Rick de Leeuw concert live on radio


This is a music video of Rick de Leeuw singing the song Kom bij mij, at the live national radio concert in Hilversum, the Netherlands, on 2 November. Rick de Leeuw came on stage after Berget Lewis (on whose performance this blog reported earlier).

The video was recorded on mobile phone, so please don’t expect professional quality 🙂

Decades ago, Rick de Leeuw was singer of the Amsterdam punk rock band Tröckener Kecks. Later, he became well-known for poetry as well.

He now is a radio presenter in Belgium; though he lives in Amsterdam. His backing band at the Hilversum concert were Belgian musicians. Contrary to Berget Lewis, they did include a bass guitar with their drums, guitar and keyboard.

Berget Lewis radio concert live


This video is the official video of Berget Lewis‘ new single, Aviator.

On Saturday 2 November, there was a live national radio show in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Three music acts performed there. They all had new albums out recently. About the two others later; Berget Lewis sang first.

Berget Lewis was born in Amsterdam, from parents from Suriname.

Her parents were Pentecostal church members. As Berget told in the radio interview between the 2 November songs, they forbade her to sing anything which was not religious gospel music. While her brother’s non-religious music was allowed.

Berget Lewis, radio concert Hilversum, 2 November 2013

Berget’s band were her, relatively low, vocals; two guitars, keyboards, drums; no bass guitar. Sometimes, the music seemed to be somewhere between Tina Turner and Guns ‘n Roses.

They played three songs. The audience applauded enthusiastically.

Goldcrests in the cemetery


Today, to the cemetery again.

Great tits. Blue tits. A robin sings.

Blackbirds. Jays. Wood pigeons. Magpies.

Then, in coniferous trees, a group of coldcrests.

This is a goldcrest video.

In the same tree as a goldcrest, a nuthatch climbs.

A bit later on the same tree, a short-toed treecreeper climbs.

As we walk back, house sparrows in their usual tree in a garden.

Chaffinch back on the balcony


This morning, around and on the balcony feeders, great tits and blue tits again.

A jackdaw drove a magpie away from the house-shaped feeder.

This video is about a singing chaffinch.

And, like yesterday, a chaffinch on the balcony floor again. Only the third time that I have seen one there.

Sparrowhawk and mushrooms, photos


Sunday 8 October 2012.

To Hilverbeek nature reserve, near Hilversum.

Near the entrance, two leafless trees in a meadow. In one of them a buzzard, in the other one a grey heron.

A nuthatch sings.

In the next meadow, another buzzard sits on a pole. Mute swans in a ditch.

Near the entrance of Jagtlust estate, porcelain fungus on a tree stump.

On the roof of the chicken coop of the farm near the entrance of Hilverbeek sit one female chaffinch and two female house sparrows.

A moorhen in a ditch.

Then, a sparrowhawk flies past, alarming a great spotted woodpecker.

Today it is dry weather. But there has been rain for the past days: good for mushrooms.

Three fly agaric fungi. Slugs have eaten much of them.

A robin sings.

Sulphur tuft fungi.

A group of false death cap fungi.

An Egyptian goose calls.

Common bonnet, aka toque mycena , Hilverbeek, 8 October 2012

A bit further, common bonnet mushrooms on a fallen tree.

Mycena, Hilverbeek, 8 October 2012

On the next fallen tree, another Mycena species.

A great cormorant takes off from a ditch.

Amethyst deceiver, Hilverbeek, 8 October 2012

An amethyst deceiver mushroom.

A jay lands on the forest floor.

Hare's ear, Hilverbeek, 8 October 2012

Also on the forest floor, this hare’s ear group of fungi.

Death cap, Hilverbeek, 8 October 2012

A death cap.

Adult and young mute swans, 8 October 2012

Two adult mute swans with two youngsters in a ditch.

Amethyst deceivers and false death cap, 8 October 2012

On this picture, a false death cap with amethyst deceivers.

Porcelain fungi, 8 October 2012

Then, porcelain fungi on a fallen branch.

A buzzard calls.

Russula sp.,  8 October 2012

Then, a russula species.

Penny bun, 8 October 2012

Close to it, a penny bun fungus.

Another russula, 8 October 2012

Another russula species not far away.

Lactarius sp., 8 October 2012

Then, Lactarius fungi.

We go back.

Fly agaric, 8 October 2012

And see a beautiful fly agaric group. With adult mushrooms …

Young fly agaric, 8 October 2012

… young mushrooms …

Very young fly agaric, 8 October 2012

… and very young mushrooms.

Giant polypore, Corversbos, 8 October 2012

Along the road in the Corversbos nature reserve, two fungus species grow on a tree trunk. The big giant polypore

Candlestick fungus and giant polypore, Corversbos, 8 October 2012

… and the small candlestick fungus.

Hobby and robin


Today, again to Gooilust nature reserve.

This is a video about a hobby nest.

Close to the entrance, a hobby flying. Quite a rare bird, and the first time that I have seen this species here.

Himalayan balsam flowering, though the flowers are nearly finished.

Two adult mute swans swim in a ditch, with three youngsters. The young swans are almost adult size, but still a bit greyish.

Nuthatch sound. A great spotted woodpecker.

A male and a female blackbird on the lawn.

In the estate’s garden, quite some red admiral butterflies.

A buzzard circling high in the air.

A robin singing on a branch.

Jay and blue tit on the balcony


Like yesterday, again great tits on the balcony.

And blackbirds: male, female, fledgling.

Today, a blue tit on the house-shaped feeder.

A bit later, a jay on the balcony.

This is a video about jays in winter.